From hero to human: Seeing an icon in a different light
March 14, 2014 @ 12:05 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The baffling ending to the night somehow brought everything into focus; it’s a strange thing meeting your childhood heroes. Some years ago, I saw a man break down crying as he found himself in front of Mickey Mantle, the Mick, No. 7 for the New York Yankees....
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McEnroe Edges Argumentative Lendl to Win PowerShares Series Title in Charlotte
March 14, 2014 @ 9:41 AM

John McEnroe captured his fourth title on the 2014 PowerShares Series tennis circuit Thursday defeating Ivan Lendl 7-6 (7-5) in a hotly-contested one-set final at the Time Warner Cable Arena, highlighted by a 10-minute line-call argument free-for-all at the tail end of the tie-breaker. The culprit of the on-court chaos,...
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McEnroe Hits Tweener, Beats Connors, Cash to Win Nashville to Clinch PowerShares Series Points Title
March 13, 2014 @ 9:50 AM

John McEnroe hit a tweener, beat Jimmy Connors in their first match-up in 15 years and beat Pat Cash in the title match to win the Champions Challenge Wednesday at the Bridgestone Arena. McEnroe's 6-3 win over Cash in the championship match gave him his third title on the 2014...
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Connors, McEnroe, Lendl, Cash reunite 30 years after epic U.S. Open
March 12, 2014 @ 10:36 AM

Jimmy Connors isn’t sure when the first outburst will come – or from which side of the net.

But odds are that one or more voices will be raised at some point.

“I guess the further you get away from being what you used to be, the calmer things should get --...
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Would John McEnroe be OK with losing Thursday’s tennis exhibition? You cannot be serious!
March 11, 2014 @ 10:33 AM

You cannot be serious!

That four-word phrase is screamed from the stands at every senior men’s tennis event John McEnroe is a part of, and it undoubtedly will be yelled many times again Thursday night in Charlotte when McEnroe plays in the Champions Cup at Time Warner Cable Arena.

McEnroe originally yelled...
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Jimmy Connors remains edgy, will play John McEnroe in Charlotte
March 09, 2014 @ 10:36 AM

At 61, Jimmy Connors doesn’t play a lot of tennis anymore.

Connors, the world’s No. 1 player in 1974-78 and an eight-time Grand Slam champion, will make an exception Thursday night in Charlotte. He will be one of the headliners at a senior men’s tennis event at Time Warner Cable Arena, where...
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Jimmy Connors still smashing tennis gentility (look out, Charlotte)
March 08, 2014 @ 10:38 AM

Breaking racquets and records alike, Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe electrified tennis during the 1970s and 1980s. Next week, they’re headed to Charlotte as part of a four-player night of nostalgia at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Connors, 61, and McEnroe, 55, won a combined 15 Grand Slam singles titles in their lengthy careers. Connors ...
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Interview with PowerShares Series Player Jimmy Connors
March 07, 2014 @ 5:53 PM

The following is the transcript of Friday's PowerShares Series media conference call with JIMMY CONNORS.

An interview with:

RANDY WALKER: Thank you all for joining us today. We're pleased to be joined by the one and only Jimmy Connors. Jimmy is set to play in next week's PowerShares Series events...
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Agassi Ends Blake Run with PowerShares Series Title in Portland
February 28, 2014 @ 9:34 AM

With much of the recent buzz on the PowerShares Series belonging to tour rookie James Blake, the winner of the last two tournaments, and John McEnroe, who has dazzled crowds with his inspired play and fitness at age 55, Andre Agassi made sure he was not an overlooked presence.

The 43-year-old...
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Blake Beats McEnroe for Second Straight Night to Win PowerShares Series Sacramento
February 27, 2014 @ 9:33 AM

Same opponent. Same result. Different city.

One night after beating John McEnroe in Salt Lake City to win his first career title on the PowerShares Series tennis circuit, James Blake again defeated McEnroe 6-3 in the one-set championship match at the Champions Shootout Wednesday at the Sleep Train Arena....
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Courier looks forward to facing McEnroe tonight at Sleep Train
February 26, 2014 @ 6:41 PM

Jim Courier, all of 18 years old, hadn’t been on tour a full year when he found himself across the net from John McEnroe for the first time in the quarterfinals of an indoor tournament in Detroit in late 1988.

McEnroe, the lithe, fiery left-hander, was ranked...
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Blake Fends Off McEnroe to Win First PowerShares Series Title in Salt Lake City
February 26, 2014 @ 9:46 AM

James Blake fended off the furious effort of 55-year-old John McEnroe, claiming his first career title on the PowerShares Series with a 7-6 (7-5) victory in the one-set championship match at the Energy Solutions Arena.

The 34-year-old Blake is just six months removed from playing on the ATP World Tour, announcing...
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In Reprise of 2005 U.S. Open Epic, Andre Agassi Beats James Blake to Win
February 21, 2014 @ 9:50 AM

Andre Agassi and James Blake played one of the most memorable U.S. Open matches of all time in 2005, Agassi coming back from two-sets-to-love down to win in a fifth-set tiebreaker in an epic quarterfinal. On Thursday night at the Toyota Center, Agassi and Blake faced each other for the...
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